Kanazawa 5 Towns: Hirosaka

Posted on 21/09/2015

Bordering Kanazawa’s popular tourist spots such as Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenrokuen Garden, Hirosaka is the place where you can feel Kanazawa’s history, culture, the present, and the future. A number of long-established shops offering proud traditional local crafts such as lacquer crafts, pottery, and gold leaf make a picturesque view and create a much-admired atmosphere.

 

Hirosaka is also known as the main area for government offices. Kanazawa city hall is located in the middle of Hirosaka and Ishikawa prefectural office used to be here prior to moving near to Kanazawa Station. The main street, Hirosaka-dori, attracts many tourists in spring for the beautiful cherry trees in full bloom. In 2004, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art opened near the city hall and has made the town more popular and created a mixture of traditional culture and modern art. Apart from this, the area is also home to the Kanazawa Noh Museum, Ishikawa Shiko (the Fourth High School) Memorial Museum of Cultural Exchange, and Shiinoki Geihinkan (Siinoki Cultural Complex), which opened in the building formerly occupied by the Ishikawa prefectural office. The area has thus established itself over recent years as a cultural district in the elegant city center of Kanazawa. 

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21st Century Museum in Hirosaka  Photo: Kanazawa City